Asked on Mar 27, 2012

We have several old, big azaleas that need to be trimmed. When they quit blooming how much can I trim them back?

Shirley MidgettLagree WyndhamDouglas Hunt


5 answers
  • 3po3
    on Mar 28, 2012

    This article from your friendly Georgia Cooperative Extension folks has good info and even some diagrams to help you prune:

  • John S
    on Mar 28, 2012

    we have trimmed ours back a lot a few years ago and they have been doing very well since. I don't think they are as delicate as many people make them out to be.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 28, 2012

    The general rule is not to cut a plant back by more than one-third at a time. But if your azaleas are really out of shape, you can do a rejuvenation pruning, in which they are cut back severely, to say within 6 inches of the ground. If you do this, be prepared for it to take a couple of seasons for the plants to fill back in.

  • Lagree Wyndham
    on Mar 11, 2015

    I know there are rules to pruning azaleas, but if they are well establishes you can tale back to the ground, and they will come back looking new..have done it several times with 30+ year old azaleas.

  • Shirley Midgett
    on May 25, 2015

    Azaleas in the deep south withstand all kinds of pruning butchery but the kind I really hate are those people that prune them like hedges or topiaries, give them flat-tops or round into balls. They live and bloom but look so much prettier if gently lightly pruned to a nice natural shrub shape.

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